Big Fat Deal: $11 Million to be a Minimalist in Kerrisdale

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Each week, BCBusiness takes you inside one of the most outrageously upmarket real estate offerings in the province

Address: 6485 Cedarhurst Street, Kerrisdale

Price: $10,998,000

Listing: R2234536

The skinny: Five-bedroom, seven-bathroom, 6,481-square-foot house on a 15,847-square-foot lot in Kerrisdale.

The bling: OK, it’s time to get with the times and leave the frou-frou behind. Yes, we know you love your frills and fancies, your chintz and your shag, but being a person of high net worth brings with it responsibilities. What? This is news to you? Don’t panic, we aren’t coming after your non-declared income or your shady shell companies. There’s no shorting your market up our sleeves, honest. We just think you should be aware that if you really want to look good around town right now, you should try living in a sleek, modern box with sliding windows for walls and (extremely expensive) natural materials that downplay your wealth rather than all that Italian marble and Svarowski crystal you’ve been bedecking your space with for decades. Seriously, dude, minimalism shows you’ve got so much money to burn you don’t have to prove it. You can clad your walls with wood and shower among lumps of raggedy rock, and people will think you have style. Sure, the through draft of indoor/outdoor living and that fabulous skinny pool are only really of value maybe two months of a Vancouver year, but that in itself shows your reserves are bottomless. And anyway, a dozen more patio heaters screwing up the environment isn’t your problem. Right? Rich people responsible? We were only joking.

The hidden extras: Wok room, media room, wine cellar, gym, air conditioning (because you might not want to, you know, open one of those great big wall windows and you deserve to live in a climate-controlled world).

This article was originally posted on BCBusiness on May 17, 2018. Written by Fiona Morrow 

 

Luxury Homes Collection Magazine – Summer 2018

New Summer edition of Macdonald Realty’s Luxury Homes Collection has arrived!

For the six consecutive years the magazine has been featuring a wide variety of luxury properties from all over the province. The collection of luxury homes keeps surprising us with the range of amenities that high-end homes have to offer. Whether it is a well-equipped wine room, yoga studio, karaoke stage or even a slide, there is always something special for an affluent home buyer.

The cover story of this edition is an oceanfront beach home in Victoria Cordova Bay with a 180-degree view and floor to ceiling windows to enjoy the waterfront scenery. The home has an array of amenities to make you feel on a retreat, including spa inspired shower, smart wired indoor and outdoor sound system, media room with wet and of course private sandy beach.

Grab your copy of the magazine, both print and digital versions are available now.

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Luxury Homes Collection Magazine – Spring 2018

CoverOur Luxury Homes Collection Magazine has reached its sixth year of production and continues to showcase fantastic properties from across our regions in British Columbia. We are proud to present this Spring 2018 edition featuring a diverse range of specialized homes, luxury living and custom details, there is something for everyone.

It’s been interesting to observe all the changes in ever-evolving BC real estate industry and how the market was able to adjust to the numerous shifts. These changes will likely continue to happen in 2018 as well with the new government policies, advancement of the industry standards and the economy itself. Only time will tell the impact of the new property tax rate on the real estate luxury market and the industry on the whole.

Read the inside cover message from our CEO Lynn Hsu and her insights on the market trends and how Macdonald Real Estate Group showcased outstanding growth and an incredible number of sales over the years. We are inspired for another great year of new achievements and success for our clients, realtors, staff and management teams.

Our Cover Story is a custom designed modern dream home in Vancouver Point Grey. This contemporary home is a collective effort of designers and landscapers featuring open-space concept, simple yet elegant details and quality of materials. Among the modern amenities are; covered and outdoor patios, infinity pool, entertainment room and gym, private yards and in-home hi-tech systems. Conveniently located in a close proximity to renowned private schools, UBC and golf course.

CLICK HERE to view the digital edition on your computer or tablet

Macdonald Realty nominated for Top Luxury Brokerage Award

VANCOUVER, B.C. – (March 28, 2017) –   Macdonald Realty was nominated for the Luxury Portfolio International® Top Luxury Brokerage Award, presented for overall engagement in Luxury Portfolio; embracement of tools, meetings, events, advertising and brand usage; and outstanding marketing strategy in the discerning market of affluent buyers and sellers.  They were nominated with Slifer, Smith & Frampton Real Estate of Colorado and, the winner, Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate of New York. The award was presented during the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World™ Conference Week, a series of events that drew an impressive audience of 2,000 real estate professionals from 25 countries.  The conference took place at Fontainebleau Miami Beach earlier this month.

Macdonald Realty's Luxury Home Marketing Team of Alyssa Mori and Rosey Hudson at the Luxury Portfolio Summit in Miami Beach.

Macdonald Realty’s Luxury Home Marketing Team of Alyssa Mori and Rosey Hudson at the Luxury Portfolio Summit in Miami Beach.

Affiliates of Luxury Portfolio market high-end homes to affluent consumers worldwide through the network’s strategic marketing program, including the award-winning website Luxuryportfolio.com, which marketed over 50,000 luxury homes to over three million high-net-worth visitors last year and featured a total inventory of available properties exceeding $54 billion.

Macdonald Realty is the largest British Columbia representative of LeadingRE (www.LeadingRE.com). With a global membership that spans six continents, LeadingRE connects more than 550 firms and 130,000 sales associates who produce over 1.2 million real estate transactions each year. As a member of LeadingRE, Macdonald Realty provides a quality real estate experience, global marketing reach and access to top real estate professionals in virtually any market worldwide.

Since 1944, Macdonald Realty has been helping British Columbians make some of the biggest decisions of their lifetime during real estate transactions. Beyond their dedicated team of nearly 1,000 residential real estate professionals operating in 20 offices across BC, they are also Western Canada’s largest integrated real estate firm who’s services include residential sales; commercial sales and leasing; project marketing; property and strata management; mortgage services; and luxury home marketing.

For more information about Macdonald Realty, please visit macrealty.com

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About Macdonald Real Estate Group:
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Macdonald Real Estate Group (MREG) has an annual sales volume of over $8 billion and over $2 billion in assets under management.  With 20 offices and nearly 1,000 staff and REALTORS®, MREG offers a full range of real estate services, including residential and commercial brokerage, property and strata management, project marketing, and the Canadian Real Estate Investment Centre in Shanghai, China.  Macdonald Realty is the residential division of Macdonald Real Estate Group. For more information, visit www.macrealty.com.

A local brand inspires your indoor spaces with new colours and styles

Vancouver’s demand for fresh and fashionable home decor has never been stronger. Local brand Article is making an impact and winning fans across North America through a completely new furniture shopping experience. Operated from their Railtown head office, the online retailer offers quality furniture at a fraction of the cost of its brick and mortar counterparts, all delivered straight to customer’s doors (or living rooms). Right on trend, Article’s collection of mid-century modern and contemporary furniture will inspire you to rejuvenate your indoor spaces with new colours and styles.

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Sven leather sofa, $1,999

This style era’s combination of form and function continues to show up in modern living spaces. The Sven sofa captures the clean lines of the mid-century, but crafted with today’s modern comforts. Its 88” benchseat provides ample space for cozy family gatherings or enough room for one to stretch out for a nap. Like a favourite leather jacket, the sofa’s full-aniline leather comes with a vintage patina that just gets better with age and use. Style this piece for cooler months with a thickly knitted throw or a sheepskin rug. Sven leather sofa, $1999.

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Macdonald Realty nominated for HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt 2016

It is time for HGTV.com’s Ultimate House Hunt once again!

This year Macdonald Realty is nominated in the Best International Home category for a spectacular Three-Level Penthouse in Vancouver, Canada.  This is the category we won last year for The Sanctuary, a luxury home we listed and sold in Squamish B.C.

spectacular Three-Level Penthouse in Vancouver

SENSATIONAL TROPHY VANCOUVER PENTHOUSE – Atop a 32 storey skyscraper this three level sky mansion sprawls over 6,000 square feet of living space and 1,700 square feet of terraces. Outstanding first impressions from the direct elevator access leading to a grand living room featuring soaring 16 foot ceilings, panoramic English Bay views and a grand curved staircase. Master boasts gas fireplace, large steam shower and a two person jetted tub situated mid room. Main level offers second master suite with fireplace and numerous built-in cabinets. Bespoke chef’s kitchen with 48 inch Décor six burner range, numerous built-in ovens and appliances anchored by huge granite island and access to 700 square foot terrace with fireplace and built-in Viking BBQ. Family room with grand wet bar, air conditioning, concierge and six-car private garage. LP $7,838,000

Macdonald Realty nominated for HGTV luxury home contest

Tour amazing homes across the globe, vote for your favourites, and enter for your chance to win a $10,000 cash prize! And remember you can vote for your favourites once a day. Follow the instructions below to vote for Macdonald Realty’s Nominee for HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt 2016:

Step 1: Tour the homes in the category.
Step 2: When you’ve found your favorite, click “I’m Ready to Vote.”
Step 3: Choose your favorite by clicking “Vote.”
Step 4: Click “Continue to Next Category” to tour more homes.

Click here to vote.

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Luxury Portfolio International: A New Kind of Luxury Leader

Ever wonder about the origin story behind Luxury Portfolio International®?

Luxury Portfolio International’s President, Paul Boomsma and Executive Vice President, Stephanie Pfeffer Anton are on the cover of RIS Media’s Real Estate Magazine April 2016 Edition.

Click the magazine cover and find out how market-leading independent firms joined forces to create luxury real estate’s most powerful network.

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Macdonald Realty Recognized for Excellence in Service and Marketing at Global Real Estate Conference

VANCOUVER, B.C., Canada – (March 2, 2016) – Macdonald Realty received the prestigious Global Alliance Award from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a global network of more than 500 high quality independent real estate firms. The award was presented at the network’s Annual Awards Gala February 25 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The event was part of LeadingRE’s Conference Week, which has attracted a distinguished audience of nearly 2,500 real estate professionals from 25 countries.

Winner Global Alliance Award

For the fourth consecutive year, Macdonald Realty was presented the Global Alliance Award. This award is presented to the international firm that closes the most cross-border referrals, utilizing the strength of the LeadingRE network to assist their local clients with global real estate investment and relocation services.

“The companies recognized with one of these prestigious awards have shown a real commitment to maximizing specific services available to them through their affiliation as a way to extend the scope of their offerings,” LeadingRE President/CEO Pam O’Connor said. “We are pleased to pay tribute to these outstanding companies for their focus on excellence and their exemplary participation in our global community.”

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Jonathan Cooper, Alyssa Mori and Rosey Hudson of Macdonald Realty accept the 2016 Global Alliance Award.

 

Top 3 International Luxury Brokerages

Macdonald Realty was named one of the Top 3 International Luxury Brokerage by Luxury Portfolio International®. The award is presented to the firm based outside of the U.S. that epitomizes the quality, strength and luxury market expertise synonymous with the Luxury Portfolio brand.   Macdonald Realty was the only Canadian nominee, along with firms from South Africa and Italy.

Top 3 Consumer Materials and Video Marketing

Macdonald Realty was also recognized with top three finishes in two categories of the LeadingRE annual Marketing Competition.  The award-winning entries in the Consumer Materials and Video categories were chosen based on creativity, quality and overall presentation and effectiveness.

“It’s an honour for our marketing team to be recognized by LeadingRE, and in the company of outstanding firms from New York, Chicago and South Africa,” says Macdonald Realty’s Marketing Manager Rosey Hudson.  “It shows that the materials our in-house team produces are truly world class. Our new listing presentation is informative and beautiful, and is a tool that our agents should be very proud to share with prospective clients.”

2016 LeadingRE Awards for Macdonald Realty

 

Macdonald Realty, the residential division of Macdonald Real Estate Group, is the largest British Columbia representative of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (www.LeadingRE.com), an extensive network of premier locally-branded firms in more than 50 countries producing over one million annual home sale transactions. As a member of LeadingRE, Macdonald Realty provides a quality real estate experience, global marketing reach and access to top real estate professionals in any market.

For more information on Macdonald Realty, visit www.macrealty.com  or call 1-877-278-3888.

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About Macdonald Real Estate Group
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Macdonald Real Estate Group (MREG) has an annual sales volume of over $7 billion and over $2 billion in assets under management.  With more than 20 offices and nearly 1,000 staff and REALTORS®, MREG offers a full range of real estate services, including residential and commercial brokerage, property and strata management, project marketing, and the MREG Canadian Real Estate Investment Centre in Shanghai, China.  Macdonald Realty is the residential division of Macdonald Real Estate Group. For more information, visit www.macrealty.com.

 

Luxury Brokers Visit Two River Green

Last month Luxury Brokers from across North America visited Macdonald Realty in Vancouver for the Luxury Portfolio fall workshops. During their stay they visited the River Green Presentation Centre in Richmond, a new luxury master planned community encompassing 27 acres of river shoreline. Canada’s most significant waterfront community and Richmond’s most impressive luxury development. Designed and built with the finest materials and craftsmanship, each residence offers the ultimate in luxurious living along the Fraser River. The prestigious waterfront location embraces stunning panoramic vistas of the Gulf Islands, North Shore Mountains and the Vancouver skyline. Visit the Two River Green website for more details.

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HGTV’s House Hunt Winner in Best International Home 2015: Timber Frame Home in Squamish

The HGTV House Hunt has finished and the votes are in. Congratulations to all the winners! Thank you to all who helped Macdonald Realty’s International Home nomination become the 2015 winner. Find out more about this amazing listing below on the HGTV House Hunt website:

Timber-Frame Home in Squamish

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This backyard view of the home shows off the pairing of stone and neutral siding that were used for the exterior. The landscape and hardscape includes a small pond and evergreen trees.

Special thanks to our luxury home marketing network partners at Luxury Portfolio International for coordinating our nomination.  What an honour!  Our Squamish listing won over fellow nominees from Queenstown New Zealand, Paris France, Marrakesh Morocco, Australia, South Africa, Mexico and other exotic global locations.

Macdonald Realty Nominees for HGTV’s House Hunt 2015

The HGTV House Hunt is on once again! This year we are nominated under 3 categories, with 4 of our listings in beautiful BC. Tour amazing homes across the globe, vote for your favorites, and enter for your chance to win a $10,000 cash prize! And remember you can vote for your favorites once a day. Follow the instructions below to vote for Macdonald Realty Nominees for HGTV’s House Hunt 2015:

Step 1: Tour the homes in the category.
Step 2: When you’ve found your favorite, click “I’m Ready to Vote.”
Step 3: Choose your favorite by clicking “Vote.”
Step 4: Click “Continue to Next Category” to tour more homes.

Amazing Kitchens: Country Estate in Vancouver
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A mix of contemporary style and country charm brings this spacious, eat-in kitchen to life. Charcoal gray cabinets and gray stone countertops blend seamlessly together, while a gray and white chevron tile backsplash breaks up the monochromatic space. The large island pairs with country-style barstools to provide additional seating for dining. Click here to vote for this listing as your favorite Amazing Kitchen!

 

Privacy, Please: Luxe Chateau in Victoria
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Sprawling mountain views and a luxurious infinity-edge pool and spa, what’s not to love? Relax, unwind and take in the incredible views of the natural Fiord of Finlayson Arm and the Saanich Inlet. Click here to vote for this listing as your favorite Privacy, Please candidate!

 

Rustic Lodge in Chilko
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Located on 25 acres of deeded land with a private 10-acre lake, the Huston Family Estate offers an unparalleled atmosphere with breathtaking views of the majestic Chilko Valley. Click here to vote for this listing as your favorite Privacy, Please candidate!

 

Timber-Frame Home in Squamish

 

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This backyard view of the home shows off the pairing of stone and neutral siding that were used for the exterior. The landscape and hardscape includes a small pond and evergreen trees. Click here to vote for this listing as your favorite International Homes candidate!

 

Thank you to our global partners Luxury Portfolio International for bringing attention to our amazing collection of luxury homes listed across British Columbia by our Macdonald Realty agents.

Big Fat Deal: This is what $15 million will buy you in Vancouver | BCBusiness

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Each week, BCBusiness takes you inside one of the most outrageously upmarket real estate offerings in the province in their Big Fat Deal real estate blog.

Price: $14,988,000
Address: 1268 Tecumseh Avenue, Vancouver
MLS: V1100762
Listing agents: Erin Mulhern and Manyee Lui at Macdonald Realty Ltd. in Vancouver

Custom built in 1984 with a Georgian design, this 7,000-sq.-ft. residence’s stately grandeur matches its location just off Vancouver’s exclusive Crescent enclave in the city’s First Shaughnessy district. For history buffs, the Crescent has always been synonymous with wealth and power, being the preferred address of lieutenant governors and the city’s elite over the past century.

Fast forward to present day and the area still holds cache with numerous august homes and estate-sized lots. This gated residence is described by listing agents Erin Mulhern and Manyee Lui as “simply exquisite” with a beautifully appointed interior that starts with a dramatic foyer accented by 18-foot ceilings and a sweeping double staircase leading to a galleried landing that sets the tone for the rest of the home.

The kitchen counts professional-line appliances while an expansive great room with vaulted and coffered ceilings provides an outlook that spans the entire south-facing garden. A butler’s pantry serves as a connection between the kitchen and the dining room, where mirrored ceiling panels and a chandelier add a touch of glamour.

The formal 23-foot living room can easily accommodate a baby grand piano, while hardwood floors flow through to the adjoining study where wainscoted walls imbued with a deep red gloss add a further notch on the imperial chart.

The upper level is home to four bedrooms including a private master wing endowed with the required walk-in closet and a spa-like ensuite bathroom complete with a rain head shower and bench seating, plus a stainless-steel freestanding bathtub. A one-bedroom suite above the three-car garage provides additional accommodation.

Pull up a chair in the recreation room downstairs where a well-stocked bar and separate wine cellar will keep the libation flowing, or decamp into the media room for movie watching.

Multiple french doors lead out into a garden oasis with large terraces that are perfect for summer entertaining, and a swimming pool and a tennis court for friendly—or more serious—competition.

This article was originally posted on BCBusiness, April 24th, 2015.  Written by Nicola Way.

Nicola Way runs the property listing sites BestHomesBC.com and AssignmentsCanada.ca.

Subterranean Garage in the 2014 Doory Awards with HGTV


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This year it is our pleasure to have a Macdonald Realty listing nominateed in the 2014 Doory Awards by HGTV’s FrontDoor.com! VOTE for our nomination in the category “Your House Has What?!” Click the Love it button to vote for this Victoria home with a James Bond style Subterranean Garage.

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Make sure to check out the other great nominees!


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Macdonald Realty looks for luxury buyers in China | The Globe and Mail

Sales of high-end properties are on the upswing in the Vancouver region, spurring one of British Columbia’s leading real estate firms to search for wealthy buyers by setting up shop in China.

Dan Scarrow, vice-president of corporate strategy at Macdonald Realty Ltd., said he has heard enough anecdotal evidence of well-heeled home buyers with roots in China to make it worthwhile to invest in a Shanghai office.

In February, Mr. Scarrow will start the first of two three-month assignments in 2014 in Shanghai. After his fact-finding mission, he plans to hire Mandarin-speaking staff in China to keep the overseas branch office going.

While real estate experts have estimated the proportion of foreign buyers in the Vancouver region’s housing market at only 1 to 3 per cent, Mr. Scarrow said if the statistics were to include recent immigrants with origins in China, the influence of rich Chinese buyers would be greater, especially on single-family detached homes in pockets of Vancouver’s West Side.

Most high-end transactions occur on Vancouver’s West Side and the Municipality of West Vancouver. In the luxury market, there were 644 properties that sold for $3-million or higher in the Vancouver area last year, up 47 per cent from 439 homes that traded hands in 2012, according to data compiled by Macdonald Realty. Of homes that sold last year, there were 148 that fetched at least $5-million, compared with 107 sales in that category in 2012.

Mr. Scarrow said it is hard to determine how many of those elite sales went to recent immigrants from China, noting that the ripple effect due to an influx of new money can easily be exaggerated. Still, he believes the proportion was significantly higher than 3 per cent last year.

“There isn’t this wave of offshore investors with no ties to Canada who are coming in to buy, but the genesis of their wealth is from mainland China,” said Mr. Scarrow, a Canadian who speaks Mandarin fluently. “Most of these people land in Canada first as investor-class immigrants.”

He dismisses tales circulating of wealthy offshore buyers snapping up Vancouver properties sight unseen as false, emphasizing that he will instead seek to nurture a market in which China-Canada family ties are crucial.

The 30-year-old Mr. Scarrow said that as a product of a mixed-race marriage, he is acutely aware that the issue of foreign shoppers is a sensitive one in British Columbia. “The perception among some sellers is that mainland Chinese money is driving the luxury real estate market here,” he said.

But Mr. Scarrow cautions homeowners against hiring real estate agents based only on ethnicity, stressing that the best representatives know Vancouver’s neighbourhoods well, no matter what their race.

Mr. Scarrow’s mother, Lynn Hsu, moved in 1979 from Taiwan to Vancouver. Ms. Hsu is the president and majority owner of Macdonald Realty, which has more than 1,000 real estate agents and staff across British Columbia. Her ex-husband, Peter Scarrow, is a lawyer who has worked in Asia for the past dozen years, including advising wealthy Chinese on Canadian immigration and tax rules.

Dan Scarrow said there will be opportunities to tap into the Chinese market during his stay in Shanghai. Besides seeking contacts who are interested in single-family residential properties, he will be on the lookout for investors in Vancouver’s commercial real estate market and also new condo projects.

Benchmark index prices, which strip out the most expensive properties, have jumped 17.3 per cent to $2.1-million for single-family detached houses over the past three years on the city’s West Side, according to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. By contrast, West Side prices have risen only 4 per cent for townhouses and 3.5 per cent for condos over the same period.

This article was originally posted on The Globe and Mail, Jan 19, 2014.  Written by Brent Jang.

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Big Fat Deal: $10 million for a castle-like home near Victoria | BCBusiness

Each week, BCBusiness takes you inside one of the most outrageously upmarket real estate offerings in the province in their Big Fat Deal real estate blog.

Price: $9,990,000
Address: 9750 West Saanich Road, North Saanich
MLS: 336209
Listing agent: Peter Nash at Macdonald Realty Ltd. in Victoria

For those seeking a little ooo-la-la in their home life, try this French-inspired chateau sitting on a six-acre estate for size. Even its name ‘Chateau de Lis’ conjures up romance and elegance.

Better still, you don’t have to travel to Europe to find it. Located 30 minutes from downtown Victoria, North Saanich plays host to this 9,800-sq.-ft. residence, which was constructed in 2007.

La noblesse would surely feel at home here. As listing agent Peter Nash explains, the house has been “designed, crafted, engineered and built to a very high standard with great attention to quality and detail.” An exhaustive list of bespoke finishings dominate the house with plastered Italian tile ceilings, turrets, concrete surround with decorative sculptures, travertine fossil floors, custom-made gargoyles, imported antique chimney caps, Juliet balconies, a slate and copper roof, limestone and porcelain floors, and stained-glass windows.

And the gardens wouldn’t look out of place at the Palace of Versailles, either. Along with exquisite landscaping, manicured lawns, fountains, bridges, an orchard, and vegetable gardens comes one of the property’s other showcases: almost 300 feet of easy-access oceanfront and a prime westerly exposure with far-reaching views across the Saanich Inlet.

Beyond the old-world elegance are also two levels of luxurious living, incorporating modern desires such as a theatre room comprising a state-of-the-art projector and two-tier seating with plush leather seats. Of course no stately home would be complete without a wine cellar and this 1,000-bottle temperature-controlled one will not disappoint.

The great room and dining hall would impress even Louis XIV with lofty vaulted ceilings, carved fireplaces, murals and panoramic water views. The commercial-grade kitchen ups the ante with high-end appliances, including a concealed Sub-Zero fridge and freezer and a copper-hooded, vented pizza oven.

There is separate accommodation for guests—designed with the same flair as the main residence—and above the garages for six cars are, of course, those caretaker quarters. After all, what’s a chateau without staff?

This article was originally posted on BCBusiness, January 8, 2015.  Written by Nicole Way.

Nicola Way runs the property listing sites BestHomesBC.com and AssignmentsCanada.ca.

BC luxury home sales above $3-million fell by a third in 2012 | The Vancouver Sun

“Based on a Macdonald Realty Luxury Report, this past year the sales number of luxury homes over $3 million has fallen one third since 2011. However, 2012 is only second to 2011 in sales. In a Vancouver Sun article, Dan Scarrow, Vice President of Macdonald Realty, commented on the impact immigrants buying patterns, investor sentiment and psychology has changed in the past year affecting the lower mainland’s luxury market.

“For the past few years, we’ve seen lots of new investor-class immigrants coming into the market,” Scarrow said. “ … They’re not just buying a house for themselves, but also three or four residential investment properties as well.”

This “exuberance” among immigrant buyers has slowed, Scarrow said, as the economy slowed in China and prices rose rapidly in Vancouver.

Macdonald Realty, REALTOR Will McKitka also commented in the article discussing his specialty of luxury penthouse homes, a segment of the market considered to be attracting buyers.

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Vancouver Sun article BC home sales above $3-million fell by a third in 2012 from March 1, 2013

Luxury real estate booming in Vancouver | Financial Post with Dan Scarrow and Matthew Lee

If you think Vancouver’s housing prices are overdue for a major price adjustment, tell that to the surging number of luxury home buyers.

According to MLS statistics provided by Macdonald Realty, a record 375 homes — including nearly 50 condos — sold for over $3-million in 2010, breaking the record of 209 set in 2009 and more than double the 167 sold in 2008.

Of those, 73 homes sold for over $5 million.

The sales were primarily, but not exclusively, on Vancouver’s west side, with the priciest home going for $17.5-million at 3489 Osler.

The second and third priciest homes — the second also on Osler and the third on Point Grey Road -both sold for about $11 million.

As well, Macdonald Realty says, if current patterns hold, the number of $3-million-plus homes is expected to reach 550 this year, raising the spectre that in some neighbourhoods a $3-million home may no longer be considered particularly exclusive.

In 2000, just 10 properties in Metro Vancouver sold for over $3-million, none of them condominiums.

The market for luxury homes is now “insanely hot,” with mainland Chinese buyers — who are also affecting the Richmond market in a big way — the primary purchasers, said Dan Scarrow, Macdonald Realty vice-president of corporate strategy.

“Ninety-per-cent (of the luxury home purchases) are on the west side, probably some in West Vancouver,” he said in an interview. “But it’s incredibly striking, when you think what the prices were 10 years ago.”

Scarrow said that while a $3-million house has always been categorized as “luxury,” he no longer knows if that’s the case in key West Side neighbourhoods, including Shaughnessy and Point Grey.

“We’re part of a global luxury market by the ultra-wealthy,” he said. “And from the buyers’ perspective, prices here are cheap for what you get.”

Tsur Somerville, director at the centre for urban economics and real estate, Sauder School of Business at the University of B.C., said in an interview that just because there are more homes selling for over $3-million doesn’t mean they’re not luxury homes.

“It’s pretty subjective,” he said. “But $3-million is an expensive home. And just because it’s on a small lot doesn’t mean it’s not a luxury house.

“And the fact that there’s a whole lot more ($3-million homes) than a decade ago, with the price increases, there’d better be.”

Mr. Somerville also said that China is a huge source of immigrants to B.C. and that mainland Chinese immigrants tend to be investors and entrepreneurs.

“Clearly, there’s a very targeted demand for higher-end properties that many associate with the mainland Chinese market.”

But he said there’s an absence of clear data on the specifics of those buyers, whether it’s primarily immigrants or investor money from China. As an indication of how the luxury condominium market has grown, Mr. Scarrow said that last year a total of 49 condos sold for over $3-million — including seven for over $5-million — with the top three closing in on $6-million each, the priciest at Two Harbour Green, 1139 West Cordova, in Coal Harbour, for $5.8-million and the other two at the Shangri-La in downtown Vancouver.

Scarrow said many more properties are crossing the $3-million threshold, which now buys a new or newer house in the 2,500-to 3,000-square-foot range on a smaller west side lot.

“Now, you see multiple $3-million-plus homes on every block. I’d say $5-million is now where you’re going for that luxury range.”

Alice Zhang, who moved from Hangzhou, China, to Vancouver two years ago, now lives in one of six properties that she and her husband have purchased in Vancouver since moving here.

Zhang, who has two children, is waiting to move into a new home they’re constructing on a Shaughnessy lot that they bought for about $3.1-million. The house is expected to cost another $3 million, which Zhang believes is a good deal.

“We moved from the most beautiful city in China to Vancouver, which we consider more beautiful,” said Zhang, whose family owns hotels and a real estate development company in China.

“I think that compared to other Canadian cities, Vancouver is expensive. But, China is more expensive (than Vancouver).

“And the air is very fresh here and it’s very green. You feel like you’re in a garden.”

Scarrow cited another client who purchased a 2,600-square-foot condo in Coal Harbour for about $1,600 a square foot.

“(She and her family) has homes all around the world. In Knightsbridge, London, a flat was sold to her for $8,000 (Cdn) per square foot. Their flat in London was 3,000 square feet and they paid $24 million for it.”

She also has two homes in Hong Kong, one in Lake Tahoe, one in San Francisco, one in New York and one in Madrid, Spain, Scarrow said. “They all say their Vancouver property is their favourite home. They think it’s the best value.”

Macdonald Realty sales manager Matthew Lee, whose firm sold the three most expensive homes in Vancouver in 2009 and two of the five most expensive homes in 2010, believes that it’s not just mainland Chinese who are fuelling the luxury market, “but buyers from Europe and the U.S. are willing to pay these prices as well. Globally, Vancouver is still seen as a relatively good bargain.”

While the west side of Vancouver had the largest number of luxury homes sold, other areas in B.C. have also seen some very expensive sales, including the Fraser Valley’s top three sales between $5.3-million and $6.1-million, the Okanagan, from $5.4-million to $10.7-million, and Victoria, from $3.9-million to $6.8-million.

And while Vancouver has seen some very expensive homes sold over the past decade, including one for $17.5 million in 2008 and one for $17-million as far back as 2004, it’s the sheer numbers that are striking. In 2000, just 10 homes sold for over $3-million, and 78 in 2005.

 

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